Jonathan graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Fine Art from Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen in 1993 and a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Cyprus College of Art in 1996. He has received several awards including; the Fundacion Valpariso, Residency, Spain in 2005, Commendation, Aberdeen Artists Society Exhibition in 1995, 1st Prize-Gray's Sketch Club Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery in 1993, The John Kinross Travelling Scholarship to Florence and the Sir Robin Phillipson Memorial Medal for Painting both at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1993.Jonathan has shown his work in many solo and group exhibitions in Scotland, England and Cyprus. His work is in several collections including, British Midland Airways, Edinburgh Airport, Cyprus College of Art, Royal Scottish Academy, Grays School of Art, Royal Cornhill Hospital and Highland Council, together with work in private collections in America and South Korea.
"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,There is a rapture on the lonely shore,There is society, where none intrudes.By the deep sea, and music in its roar;I love not man the less, but nature more." Poem by Lord Byron
"Through a process of walking, drawing and painting directly in the highland landscape and working repeatedly in different places chosen and revisited many times I have developed an intimate connection with the wild places of Scotland. I need to get to know a place before I can paint it and initially I spend a lot of time walking, looking and contemplating. I prefer that feeling of isolation, of being submerged in a landscape that has a resonance of history, although perhaps no visual evidence of mankind. My paintings are concerned with trying to convey the sensation of being immersed in the landscape, the wind in your face, the soft bogginess of the moor beneath your feet, the clouds enveloping the mountain. The sheer exhilaration of wild places. In the landscape I work on small oil paintings on board. Speed is essential when working outside - if too much time is spent on a sketch or a painting, the sense of what is happening is lost. In my view painting must always be an emotional, vigorously expressive process. Back in the studio I use them to develop larger paintings. Working quickly on several paintings at a time allows the changing light, ebb and flow of the tide and the elusive mood of the landscape to set the pace.In this exhibition I hope to convey the changing seasons in the Highlands. The hue of the earth through wet and dry days, the gathering and fleeting clouds working their dramatic transformation on the mountains, the play of the elements in the wild places."
The Strathearn Gallery | 32 West High Street | Crieff | Perthshire | PH7 4DL